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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
Before making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, Eretz Yisrael, Art of T'shuva, War and Peace, and Torat Eretz Yisrael.
Already on Thursday, we rode up to Tiberias and Meron with the elder Kaballist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, to pay honor to the memories of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess, Rabbi Akiva, and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. We went a few days early to beat the well-meaning but over-pressing crowds who flock around Rav Leon, anxious to receive his blessing.
Rav Leon spoke of the importance of adding the "Zohar" to one's Torah repertoire. The holy "Zohar" adds to a person's love and reverence of G-d, and has the power to improve a person's character traits. Studying its teachings helps a person in the battle against the yetzer hara.
"Isn't it foolish," Rav Leon stated, "to succumb to the yetzer hara for five minutes of pleasure, in pursuit of some sexual transgression, and then to be cut off from G-d for an eternity?"
He emphasized the teaching of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, as emphasized again and again in the "Zohar," that the foundation of the Torah and the service of G-d is sexual holiness. The holiness of a Jew depends on his eyes, he said, saying that this was the number one test of our times, "Not just outside on the street, but right in our homes with the advent of television and Internet."
Happy Lag BaOmer!